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Ron Washington wins 582nd game to become Rangers all-time winningest manager

Aug 4, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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Behind starter Derek Holland, the Rangers shut out the Athletics 4-0 to take a series win and cut their deficit in the AL West to 2.5 games. The victory was Ron Washington’s 582nd as Rangers manager, moving into first place for the most in Rangers history. Bobby Valentine had been in the lead with 581, accrued between 1985 and 1992. However, he had a .490 winning percentage. Washington, in seven years, has a .537 winning percentage.

Holland tossed eight shut-out innings, allowing four hits and walking two while striking out ten. Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation. The bulk of the offense came on a Nelson Cruz solo home run in the second and a two-run shot by Mitch Moreland in the seventh.

The Rangers have now won six out of their last seven games. They continue their road trip, slated to face the dregs of the AL West in the Angels for three games, and the Astros for four.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Following this news report Bobby Valentine picked a fight with reporters.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      You mean with Mrs. Washington on Twitter.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        Who is his wife? Lindsay Lohan? (Because of his cocaine suspension, get it?)

        Aaaaand the circle is complete for the day.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        Did we start with cocaine or Lindsay Lohan? Damn, I was hung over and I didn’t know it.

        Speaking of which, how easy is LL to connect to K-Bac?

      • jwbiii - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:56 PM

        lindsay lohan has a Bacon number of 2.

        Lindsay Lohan
        was in
        Machete (2010)
        Tom Savini
        was in
        Friday the 13th (1980)
        Kevin Bacon

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        On the Garza-Twitter thing I mentioned LL and someone mentioned Cocaine.

        And Lohan to Bacon is easy because she was in Machete. And if Trejo hasn’t been directly in a movie with Kevin Bacon, I’d be surprised, but DeNiro was in Machete and he was in Sleepers.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        jwbiii, Look, nothing personal….but if you do that again I will cut you.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        Hey, man, it’s a big playground. I still love you best. Chill out.

  2. dondada10 - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    I remember Eric Chavez raving about Ron Washington while they were in Oakland. He’s been a good coach for a while. Shame Nelson Cruz got spooked by the wall or Wash would have a World Series.

    • texasdawg - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      I’d do anything to not have been at that game.

    • eightyraw - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      Shame he doesn’t know how to properly manage a bullpen, otherwise he would have won a WS.

      • gt929 - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        Every swinging d… uh arm he put in that game from the 9th on failed to execute as they had done most of the year. How is that Wash’s fault?

      • eightyraw - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        Using the best arm in the pen to get one out is not efficient.

  3. Russell Cecala Jr - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Great accomplishment by a well deserving manager. Washington has done wonders with this team this year after decreased expectations. Many more wins to come for the Washington lead Rangers.

    • eightyraw - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      What has he done? And who had lowered expectations besides DFW-based writers? Almost every model had the Rangers winning the AL West. The Rangers did not win the AL West last year.

  4. Glenn - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Washington reaches a major milestone for an organization, but he does it by passing Bobby V. Is that an accomplishment or a slight raising of the bar?

    • texasdawg - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      That the winningest manager of all time was Bobby Valentine says a lot about what kind of franchise this was before the Washington era. That’s not to say he’s solely responsible for the turnaround, but he has been a big part of it.

      • eightyraw - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        Washington is widely regarded among the sabremetric-friendly as one of the worst managers in baseball. Jon Daniels and his FO deserve nearly all of the credit.

      • gt929 - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Regardless of sabermetric lack of regard, his ‘head scratchable’ dugout decisions result in wins more often than not.

      • eightyraw - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        No, the talent on the field cause the wins.

  5. beefytrout - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Rangers fans love this guy. Sometimes he makes decisions that leave me scratching my head, but at the end of the day I enjoy/respect/support what Wash brings to the table.

    Now get that second half run going, Rangers!

  6. acdc84 - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    It’s laughable how baseball managers get accolades for wins (and similarly how managers of crappy teams get burned for losses). If ur owner and GM stock ur team with a ton of talent u’ll win a lot, and if ur low payroll equates to a roster of below-average players ur gonna lose more than u win. If u assign the “worst” manager in the game to the Cardinals or Rays they’re gonna win a lot of games, and if u demote a manager of the year to the Astros guess what? They’re gonna lose ALOT. NFL and NBA coaches have a huge influence on their teams; MLB managers are either blessed or cursed with a collection of players, and their teams’ performance is 95% tied to their players’ talent (of lack there of).

    To me, the best thing a manager can do is show they have their players’ backs via the occasional argument with an umpire and getting tossed. Beyond that all they can do is pray the roster has the talent to score some runs and get some outs…

    • blacksables - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:57 AM

      You don’t actually know much about baseball, do you? Or the English language.

      • paperlions - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        S/he apparently knows more than you do, because talent is what wins games, not managing magic. Pitching coaches likely deserve more credit for wins (or losses) than managers….and the FO certainly does…as do the players. Feel free to list all of the great managers that won a lot of games without having a lot of talent. The narrative of the awesome manager that turns around a team is an empty one that fans/media ignore as soon as it stops being true (which is every time there isn’t enough talent to sustain winning).

        Washington is a fun manager, and he seems to be good at all of the things not related to in game management, but his in game moves have lost the Rangers far more games then they’ve won them, which is probably also true for most managers.

      • blacksables - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        But yet again, you can offer no proof of you statement. I don’t claim to be either, but I made no definitive statement. However, to clarify:

        There are usually three types of team each year:




        You’re right in saying a manager won’t make much difference to a good or great team. And a manager won’t make a difference to a bad or awful team. Whether it was Casey Stengal or Elmer Fudd, the Yankees or Mets were going to be what they were.

        But you, nor anyone else, will ever convince me that a manager doesn’t make a difference on an average team. A good one will take an average team higher, and a bad one will take a average team lower. I cite Buck Showalter as an example.

        The Royals won the World Series in 1985 because Dick Howser was a great manager who made great decisions with the talent he had. Same for Gil Hodges and the 69 Mets.

        It’s no magic, its the ability to get the most of the talent a manger has. Some do. Some don’t. But to pretend like a manager has no outcome on the effect of a game, or a season, is silly.

        Ask Grady Little.

  7. APBA Guy - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Good work by Wash. He’s remembered fondly by us in Oakland.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    This is not saying much, this is like saying you are the all time winning jays manager!! WHO CARES?? NO WS WIN WITH THIS TEAM!

  9. hbk72777 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Hooray, coke for everyone

  10. denny65 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    I see in the photo of Washington (above) that he’s employing the “I’m not going to get embarrassed like Robby Thompson” move to signal the bullpen.

  11. artisan3m - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    A good judge of a manager’s worth is what other teams and managers say about him ~ and for Wash, its all good things. But for a misjudged fly ball, he and his team would have a ring. But even after that incident, Wash stood up for Cruz and defended him against all assaults, including the ravenous D-FW media. I’m glad he is the Rangers’ manager ~ and so are his players, the owners, front office, and over 3 million fans that pay big bucks to fill home field seats.

  12. deedee2die4 - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    I wonder if Wash is the winningest manager of a franchise without a single world series title. Seattle’s top winner? Houston’s? Tampa Bay’s, San Diego’s, CO’s ….

  13. brianc6234 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Not much of a record really. The Rangers have never been much of a team.

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